If you’re like so many of the women I work with, you struggle with negative self-talk when it comes to your body. Perhaps you call yourself fat, gross, disgusting… or even worse names.
And sadly, most of the women share that they’ve been saying mean things about themselves from a very young age.
Much of it comes from comparing ourselves to others we see on various media sources. But many of us also learned this from parents, family members, coaches, healthcare providers, partners, and society in general. It’s everywhere.
We’ve been led to believe that if we are harsh and mean to ourselves, we’ll somehow be motivated to change.
Or maybe we just never learned what it looked like and felt like to speak kindly about ourselves.
Barbara was shocked when she recently discovered a photo of herself at age 11. She played sports and had a strong and healthy body. She definitely was not overweight.
But her mom was convinced that she was fat and wanted her to lose 10 pounds before starting junior high school.
Barbara lost a pound or two, but it wasn’t enough. Her mom took her to the doctor, and he prescribed a diet pill (an amphetamine). And so it began.
The belief was created in her subconscious mind. Barbara was “fat” and she needed to be thin.
The messages from her mom continued to strengthen this belief throughout the years.
Barbara loved her mom dearly, but these messages set her up for a lifetime of body image issues, relationship struggles, dieting and emotional eating, and never feeling good enough.
Perhaps you can relate?
What messages did you receive about your body growing up?
How negative is your self-talk?
Thinking and saying harsh things about your body reinforces the negative beliefs that are in your subconscious mind and makes them even stronger.
As a result, you end up feeling worse about yourself and gaining more weight.
The first step is to take an honest look at the beliefs you have about your body and your weight. Pay attention to the thoughts you have about your body and the language you use to describe your body to yourself or to others.
What do you say to yourself when you look in the mirror? How would you describe your body to another person? How often are you thinking negative thoughts about your weight and your body during the day?
Recording this information in a journal can be uncomfortable, but it’s a good way to help you discover what your beliefs are about your body. If you say or think something often enough, it becomes a belief. And once these thoughts become a belief, the beliefs can become a self-fulfilling prophecy.
In all my years of helping women let go of their negative self-talk and negative beliefs, I’ve never once had anyone tell me that the thoughts and beliefs were motivating. In fact, it’s always the opposite. Because you believe these words to be true, you end up feeling defeated and sabotage yourself.
The great news is that you truly can let go of the negative beliefs that are sabotaging you. Over the past several decades, science has shown us that we can change our beliefs. And we replace them with beliefs that help us feel good about ourselves and our body.
I’m happy to report that Barbara is having amazing success doing this!
Letting go of your negative thoughts and beliefs about your body is a powerful step on the path to loving your body and loving your life. You can start your journey by watching my free workshop How to Stop Cravings and Emotional Eating So You Can Lose the Weight and Keep It Off.
What negative self-talk have you used through the years in relation to your body and self-image? When did this practice begin? How did it start? Have you started turning the negative into positive?